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Horns enjoying a sizzling start

The Tigard OIBA team playing strong to start the summer


by: DAN BROOD - OPPOSITE FIELD -- Tigard's Tyler Walker doubles to right field, driving in Cole Cameron, in the first inning of the Longhorns game with Clackamas last Thursday at Lake Oswego High School. Clackamas got a 4-2 win. LAKE OSWEGO — The Tigard Longhorns OIBA baseball team has gotten off to a sizzling start to the summer season.

The Longhorns enjoyed some strong pitching, solid defense and potent, timely hitting on their way to winning 11 of their first 14 games of the summer season.

But, last Thursday, the Tigard squad came up perhaps one timely hit short of coming up with yet another victory.

The Longhorns, starting strong but coming up just short late in the game, fell 4-2 to Clackamas in a first-round game of the 2014 Lakers Grenade Gloves Classic, held at Lake Oswego High School.

“We’re doing well,” Tigard High senior-to-be Jarod Gogal said after the game. “Today wasn’t one of our best days. We’ve been playing better than this.”

“We’ve been playing well,” Tigard coach Tom Campbell said. “We’ve played decent teams, and played well. Our pitching has been decent and our offense has been better.”

The Longhorns, who were 11-3 on the season, including a 5-0 record in league play, going into last Thursday’s game, jumped out to a quick lead in the tourney contest with Clackamas.

Cole Cameron, a Tigard high senior-to-be, drew a one-out walk to get things started. He moved to second base on a single by Brady McGetrick and then scored on Tyler Walkers’s double down the right-field line, giving the Longhorns an early 1-0 advantage.

The Longhorns threatened again in the fourth inning, getting singles from Brett Thomas and Tyler Prock. But Clackamas was able to get an inning-ending double play to get out of that jam.

by: DAN BROOD - BRING THE HEAT -- Tigard's Brady McGetrick gets ready to fire in a pitch during last week's game against Clackamas.Clackamas, getting four hits and taking advantage of a pair of Tigard errors, rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the fourth frame. Hayden DeSmet had an RBI single in the frame, helping the Outlaws jump out to a 3-1 lead.

The Longhorns were able to get one of those runs back in the top of the sixth inning. Gogal got things going with a one-out double to the fence in left field.

“My first two at-bats weren’t my best,” Gogal said. “This time, I got deep in the count. He (Clackamas pitcher Nick Krska) threw me a curve and I pulled it.”

Thomas, a Tigard sophomore-to-be, followed with a double to the fence in right field, driving in Gogal to cut the Clackamas lead to 3-2.

Clackamas pushed the margin back to two, at 4-2, when Brett Peterson doubled and eventually scored on an error in the bottom of the sixth.

Tigard wasn’t able to answer back in the top of the seventh, leaving Clackamas with the 4-2 win.

“We didn’t do our best today, but we’ll bounce back,” Gogal said.

Tigard, as a team, had eight hits in the contest.

McGetrick went 2 for 2 at the plate. Thomas went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Walker, Prock, Alex Kelly and Gogal added one hit apiece.

McGetrick, pitching the first four innings, gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits. Henry Ammann pitched the final two innings for Tigard.

The Longhorns, after finishing play at the tournament, scored a 5-4 extra-inning win over Hillsboro in a league game played Monday at Hare Field. Walker picked up the pitching victory and Ammann got the save.

And, while the wins are nice, the Longhorns are looking to accomplish more than just putting together a winning summer season.

“We’re trying to get better as a team this summer,” Gogal said. “So far, it hasn’t been bad at all. The freshmen are holding their own. We’ve got a lot of potential. Cole Cameron is a great shortstop, Tyler Walker is hitting the ball really well. So is Brett Thomas. Brady McGetrick is one to watch. We’re all having a lot of fun, and we’re coming together like a family.”

Tigard was slated to play at Sherwood on Wednesday. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The Longhorns will be back in action today (Thursday), when they open play at the Grant Tournament, being held at Sckavone Stadium in Portland. The tournament runs through Sunday.

On Monday, the Longhorns travel to Beaverton for a 6 p.m. league contest. On Tuesday, Tigard will play at Clackamas in a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m.



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